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  1. Can't speak to Whiskey Systems but was wondering if you've looked at Hoochware? You really owe it to yourself to evaluate all three. We love Hoochware.
  2. Welcome! Our distillery is in Washington PA, feel free to drop by and say hello sometime. Regarding malt, check out Breiss and Great Western Malting.
  3. Thumbs up for US FIP!
  4. We also have the taper capable RLTC. Does a very nice job on our slightly tapered bottles. I went back through my emails with Marc and I don't see any DW on our order, we simply ordered the RLTC.
  5. The Race works very well for us.
  6. Wow! Great minds think alike!
  7. Congrats! Now the fun begins!
  8. Very true Lenny but $33k is a lot of non compliance. Is this a fine on top of missed tax payments? Is it all missed tax payments, that's over 2400 pg's that weren't tax paid. This is actually pretty frightening.
  9. I think the craft distillery industry has reached phase 2 in its lifecycle. No longer will you be able to just build it and they will come. The novelty of small batch, locally made spirits has pretty much worn off. I think that to succeed now, new distilleries have to have a strong story/brand and most importantly, make a quality product. The days of putting a still in a nondescript building and making sub par spirits are behind us (in my opinion). There is still plenty of opportunity for distilleries that provide a quality product and a compelling brand to succeed.
  10. Welcome to the club Killbuck Creek - I'm pretty sure most of us have that same experience of 6-12 months of making lease/mortgage payments on our distilleries before we could open the doors. Look on the bright side, that barrier to entry will make it harder for someone else to open up right down the road from you in the very near future! Cheers and I hope you hear something from TTB very soon!!!
  11. Wow, that's awesome!!! My wife is the amateur historian and she's very familiar with Herman Husband, in fact, we have a drink named in his honor on our cocktail menu today (pic attached). She's so excited to have made contact with someone who can trace their roots back to the rebellion. She's going to go home and consult her research books to see if she can uncover any information on Mr. Philson - I'm sure we'll have a drink named in his honor in the very near future. We're actually going to kick off the Whiskey Rebellion festival in Washington this year by raising a symbolic liberty pole outside of our distillery - all who attend will be honorary members of the new Mingo Creek Society. If you ever get back this way you HAVE to stop in!!
  12. no kidding? Awesome story! He would have been charged with sedition, that was the penalty for erecting liberty poles back in the day. Thanks for sharing your story. Hamilton actually rode with the army and personally knocked on David Bradford's door (he was the de facto leader of the rebellion) to arrest him but Bradford was already gone. Bradfords restored home is about 500 yards from our distillery in Washington PA.
  13. Hi Rachael, as Foreshot mentioned above, the pallet stackers are perfect solutions for those of us who don't have room to operate a fork lift. We build our own 3 level barrel racks and use the pallet stacker to load/unload from the top two rows. Here's a link to an Instagram video we recently posted that shows a barrel being offloaded onto our racks. These are 15 gallon barrels.
  14. Congrats on getting the doors open and welcome to the Pennsylvania distilling scene!!
  15. Agreed but easier said than done!
  16. We mop!
  17. All kidding aside, you don't have to wait 2 years for whiskey. While that is preferable, quicker aging is possible (albeit expensive) in small casks. Fill small casks first while gradually transitioning to larger and larger casks. Not optimal but it sure beats 2 years waiting for revenue...
  18. Once you settle on your numbers (whatever they may be) do this simple adjustment: Multiply your expense forecast by 2 and divide your revenue forecast by 2!
  19. Hoochware
  20. Another thumbs up for Groupon. We've sold 250 tours (our max allotment) in just about 1 month. These Groupon customers will basically ensure us steady traffic in our tasting room on Saturdays for the next 5 months based on our tour capacity. We've only been running our Groupon tours 3 weeks now but have been encouraged by the percent of customers that buy an extra cocktail, bottle or souvenir while they're here. Also, don't underestimate the Groupon review feature, these folks seem to fill out more reviews than our non Groupon visitors.
  21. Can't go wrong with US-FIP
  22. Great post 3dog!
  23. Welcome! Love the packaging!
  24. I have a 300 gallon setup, natural gas boiler (1 million btu) with basically the same production scheduler hedgebird described. His $450 estimate is pretty accurate. Some months higher, some lower but on average, that's a pretty good budgeting number